September 03, 2008

Star Wars & Feminism

I have wanted to blog more, desperately full of things to write about feminism, Sarah Palin, elections, teaching--but I am left with nothing but a vague weariness when I leave school.

My school is desperately trying to improve, with new schedules, new teacher demands, new rules and regulations--and I am exhausted every day. I simply do not have the energy to do much more than come home and read or knit.

And I have been reading--Mama Cool also gifted me with Madeleine L'Engle's A Circle of Quiet, one of her Crosswicks journals, full of L'Engle insight; for my knitting anniversary I purchased a historical tale of Knitting in America, and I've been learning just what and how they knit in the past. The incredibly tiny gauge and needles and L'Engle's wisdom and honesty are blowing my mind.

And I have been knitting--I've finished my Queen Bee hat, so it's just waiting for buttons; I'm knitting in circles on my plain socks, and I tried to wind up my Plain & Fancy yarn for a lovely scarf last night, but tangles ensued.

So, I'll leave you with a Star Wars feminist thought: as I watched A New Hope last night (Han Shot First!), I realized that to Obi-Wan and Yoda, Leia was more important. Think about it--she was much more protected, having been adopted, sent to a completely foreign to Darth planet, and having no name connection to him. Meanwhile, Luke's last name was Skywalker, and he was hanging around Tatooine with Darth's step-brother. Maybe this is interesting, or maybe when watching a movie for the billionth time you lose all sense of reality. (This also happens to me when I read Romeo and Juliet.)

So, can America handle a regular gal as VP? Can you be a conservative and a feminist at the same time? Have you ever read and loved a L'Engle book? Is Leia more important to the rebellion?


The Coach said...

Don't forget that Luke was shadowed his whole life by Obi-Wan; Obi-Wan wasn't hanging out in the desert because he liked being seen as a crotchety old guy. He was purposed (can I really use that as a verb?) to watch Luke and ensure his safety. Perhaps the classical hero archetype is too male-focused/mysogynistic (or both), but it seems that Luke is the one who has to follow the seemingly unprotected path to bring balance to the force and, consequently, the galaxy.

Also, I want one of those new bumper stickers: Coldest State/Hottest Governor.

Amanda said...

Ha--I love those bumper stickers! Very fun. I agree with you about Obi-Wan, but his hanging around also makes him more vulnerable on some level. I doubt Darth would be fooled by the whole "Ben Kenobi" deception. He was indeed purposed to watch Luke, and I guess my advanced argument would be that Obi-Wan considers him the key, and so he becomes it, but perhaps Yoda was just waiting for Leia to show up?